BABY GRANDE: Self-titled: LP

The cover sticker hails Baby Grande as Australia’s glam-to-proto-punk missing link. I’m no expert on that topic, but I can certainly take their word for it. This LP is the first release of twelve long-lost tracks that could just as easily have been shuffled away into total obscurity. True to the sticker, Baby Grande exist somewhere between stompy, swaggery hard rock and something more glittery and swirly. Strong Bowie/Mott The Hoople influence throughout—there’s a pretty funny “All The Young Dudes” rip-off right in the middle of one of the first songs. Meanwhile, tracks like “Pure, White, and Deadly” could pair seamlessly with Cock Sparrer at their most rock’n’roll (see: “Platinum Blonde”). Pretty cool, especially for the rock historian types. –Indiana Laub (HoZac, hozacrecords@gmail.com, hozacrecords.com)